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Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco should be the next House Speaker by next month if the term-sharing deal with Rep. Alan Cayetano is honored.

Velasco made another plea for concerned parties to honor such term-sharing deal for the House leadership brokered by President Duterte. The lawmaker said the term-sharing agreement was based on mutual trust and confidence.

“Let us uphold the agreement as this was made ‘FOR GOD AND OUR COUNTRY 1521.’ I have always intended to honor the agreement. We all should. Our people deserve nothing less,” he said in an Instagram post.

More than 200 members of the House of Representatives earlier expressed support for the continued leadership of Cayetano. The “Manifesto of Recommitment to the Filipino People and the Leadership of Alan Peter Cayetano” was contrary to the term-sharing agreement between Cayetano and Velasco.

Velasco said both sides must avoid statements that would “subvert” the term sharing deal.

“The covenant was crystal clear: a 15-21 term-sharing agreement. The first term expires on Sept 30, after which the second term immediately begins. That was the pledge made before the President,” he said.

“As true leaders and as examples for our people, both sides are obligated to avoid situations or statements that would subvert the agreement and betray the trust of our people who’ve stood witness to the covenant,” he said.

Velasco also talked about the need for government leaders who are trustworthy and honorable. He said the people want leaders with palabra de honor and could back their words with action.

“It is in this period of difficulty that our people yearn for honorable leaders whom they can trust–– Leaders who are able to live up to their promises come hell or high water, Leaders with Palabra de honor who lead not with lip service, but who back up their words with action,” he said.

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Trust and honor are values that are important, especially in these trying times. They reveal our true character and show what we, as leaders, are truly made of. And it is in this period of difficulty that our people yearn for honorable leaders whom they can trust–– Leaders who are able to live up to their promises come hell or high water, Leaders with Palabra de honor who lead not with lip service, but who back up their words with action. When the House Speakership term-sharing agreement was entered into, it was based on mutual trust and confidence. After all, it was an agreement brokered by and forged in the presence of no less than President Rodrigo Duterte. The covenant was crystal clear: a 15-21 term-sharing agreement. The first term expires on Sept 30, after which the second term immediately begins. That was the pledge made before the President. As true leaders and as examples for our people, both sides are obligated to avoid situations or statements that would subvert the agreement and betray the trust of our people who’ve stood witness to the covenant. Let us uphold the agreement as this was made “FOR GOD AND OUR COUNTRY 1521”. I have always intended to honor the agreement. We all should. Our people deserve nothing less.

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